Flying Embers is an original beverage brand from Ojai California; beverages made with plant-based botanicals, superfruits and adaptogens for naturally curious people.
Their flagship products are hard kombuchas, hard seltzers and recently a line of canned wines. But in addition to a great product, they have excellent brand architecture.
They know exactly how to capture the essence of where they come from and turn it into products. We have worked in collaboration with them for a whole year and produced fun publications and communication materials for their social media and events. This is just a small sample of all the work we have done, but the ones we enjoyed doing the most.
Communication: “Staying healthy is fun”
What does Valentine’s Day have in common with Flying Embers? To answer this question we turned to the Bubbly world of bubbles and fun blends we could make with hard kombuchas.
SUMMER OF ADVENTURE
To celebrate the arrival of summer, what better way to do so than by launching a limited edition with the participation of artist Dewey Bryan Saunders. This Ginger Berry Boost is an imaginative blend of adaptogens, superfruits and roots, with a crisp and refreshing effervescence.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
To present this new Chocolate Reishi Stout – a decadent and creamy, adaptogenic beer fueled by mushrooms, with bittersweet notes of cocoa – we had to generate buzz, to talk about the mystical experience of drinking an organic Irish-style dark Stout so rich it doesn’t feel light.
NATURAL WINE SPRITZER
A new product enters the Flying Embers world. It is sophisticated, poetic and a lot of fun: the world of wine spritzers. We came up with the idea of representing this by animating poetic packaging collages.
Ring in the New Year with better Bubbly!
The year began with a champagne-style hard Kombucha. Fermented with authentic botanical ingredients and champagne-style yeast, and aged to perfection in Chardonnay wine barrels.
Concept: Noland Studio Design: Pau Santa Pau and Selene Cano Imagery & Renderings: Erik Lopez Animation: Nick Visan and Pedro Naya
Our client Said “Noland is an amazing group of creatives that span the globe. They have been a wonderful partner to work with.
We have established some very successful communication and production systems.
Looking forward to our continued partnership!”
Creating a packaging design experience is more important than ever.
Packaging isn’t just about good aesthetic or graphic design. A strong, effective packaging serves several purposes: it protects and preserves products, connects with consumer values and it’s a key element in brand design, positioning and differentiation.
Whether it is in the world of e-commerce or traditional retail, packaging has grown and evolved.
The packaging industry has adapted to various trends worldwide, as e-commerce continues to be a consumer preference, technology advances and sustainability continues to be a priority.
So what are the new trends in packaging what will serve brands like yours to compete more effectively?
1. Sustainability: The #1 Priority
One of the strongest trends we continue to see is a strong consumer desire for packaging that is aligned with contributing to a more environmentally-friendly future.
Whether it’s through limiting the use of single-use plastic or choosing brands that are ecologically conscious, consumer behaviour and product choices have changed drastically and you need to pay attention.
When designing for packaging solutions, it is crucial to keep sustainability in mind.
Leading brands are focusing on sustainability and plastic replacement in their packaging strategy, and so should you.
Some of the ways these new trends in sustainable packaging may be expressed:
− Higher quality products and durable packaging.
− Biodegradable and compostable materials. Companies looking to replace single-use plastic with eco-friendly alternatives such as biodegradable plastic, corn starch, paper, cardboard, fibre-based materials and plant-based alternatives, among others.
− Designing for reusability and recycling. This huge shift in consumer behaviour has pushed many companies to design their products and packaging with the purpose of giving them a second chance at life.
− A perfectly imperfect look. Using raw materials, earthy textures and a natural look reminds consumers of where the materials come from and demonstrate how companies are being more conscientious with their choices.
− Use of logos to show off environmental properties of the product and packaging.
Sustainability in packaging design will only grow to be more important in the following years.
If you want to connect with your customers values, switching to eco-friendly packaging may be a smart way to keep your brand image strong and relevant with the current times.
2. Interactive Packaging & QR Codes
Many businesses are engaging customers through modern digital technologies (such as augmented reality and smartphone scanning) and using QR coding to track shipments and store information of the traceability, location, and condition of the package.
Through these and other forms of digital tech, brands now have an opportunity to engage their customers and direct them to links with helpful information and tips on how to best use their products.
Give your consumer added value that will help build trust with your brand, while cutting down on packaging materials. A double win.
3. Minimalist Design & Transparency
More businesses are stepping away from plastic and multi-material packaging solutions and creating mono-material packaging instead.
Most packaging usually consists of several components, and most of them like plastic, laminate and other composite material are not recyclable. Trying a mono-material approach is a good opportunity to add value and originality to your products.
Businesses are choosing minimalistic brand designs. A strong, well curated image speaks directly to customers who are used to seeing aesthetically-pleasing images in the Instagram era, and who expect nothing less from the brands they buy from.
4. Edible Packaging
Edible packaging has been slowly gaining traction, especially in the food industry, in businesses both large and small.
Whether it is edible straws, like Bacardi and Sorbos have partnered to create, Loliware’s edible cup or Bakey’s edible cutlery made from rice, wheat, and sorghum, these eco-friendly alternatives have come to stay.
This new approach to packaging tackles both plastic consumption and environmentally-minded consumers’ increasing demands on sustainable packaging.
5. Packaging as an Art Form
Finally, using art in packaging is no longer an exclusive domain of the fashion or fragrance industry.
Those markets may have understood the value of well-designed, high-quality packaging first, but now thinking of packaging as an art form has become an essential part of the brand experience.
Transforming high end packaging design into a masterpiece —through illustration, strong visuals, effective storytelling techniques and art direction— adds value to your product and makes it much more captivating.
As the packaging industry evolves, it will focus on helping brands meet consumer demands for both sustainable standards and mass consumption.
Need Help Designing your Packaging?
Whether you would like to make your packaging more sustainable or explore interactive packaging solutions, at Noland we can help create the ideal packaging solution for your needs.
Now more than ever, potential customers are looking for luxury masterpieces that offer them a memorable experience.
Packaging is an incredibly important aspect of creating that luxury experience, and yet — it can be one of the most overlooked.
Luxury packaging offers the opportunity to elicit desire, demonstrate prestige, ensure consistency in the brand messaging and serve as competitive advantage.
If you want to invite your audience to your luxury brand’s universe, high-end packaging design is vital. Each element tells a story and you want to make sure the story you are telling is aligned with your brand.
Luxury Branding and Packaging Design: Why It’s Important
Packaging isn’t only physical protection for the product. Your customer’s interaction with packaging will be the first impression on the luxury masterpiece, and it should speak for itself.
It’s Not for Everyone.
Luxury packaging is very different to commercial packaging: luxury products don’t need to be covered in bright colors. They don’t need to be visible. They don’t need to be accessible everywhere at all times. The allure of luxury branding actually lies in its perception of exclusivity.
Create a unique and alluring packaging design that will draw the right audience to you.
Follow these steps to properly execute a successful high-end packaging design and showcase your brand’s true artistry.
5 Steps To Create a Luxury Packaging Design:
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Luxury brands don’t need to shout to be noticed. Quite the contrary: they seek to attract the right audience. How does this translate to premium packaging? Two words: Design simplicity.
Luxury packaging is usually simple. Don’t go overboard with vibrant, contrasting colors or bright graphics. Instead, choose one or two subtle, understated shades. A well-placed, elegant logo speaks volumes.
2. MAKE IT A SENSUOUS JOURNEY
Premium brands know how to turn high-end packaging into a sensual experience. If you want to position your brand as premium, keep in mind that the packaging should look and feel refined.
Engaging with the senses is a direct connection to the emotional world of your audience, and a remarkable opportunity to over deliver on your brand’s promise.
When you’re designing your luxury brand packaging, ask yourself: How can you include the senses of touch, sight, smell, hearing or even taste into your haute design packaging?
3. CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Every step of the brand experience should exude elegance for your customer. You want to create a design experience that is so delightful that the unwrapping process brings excitement.
Customers expect more from high-end brands. When they buy from premium businesses, they do so stirred by deep emotions relating to belonging and exclusivity, and your luxury brand should be able to reassure them at each point of contact.
Luxury packaging materials are an integral part of your exclusive brand identity, and will help keep your clients yearning for more.
4. USE NOBLE MATERIALS
When your target customer holds your luxury packaging, they should sense they have a sophisticated object in their hands. Invest in high-quality materials so that your packaging exudes the same aura of quality and refinement as what’s inside.
You’re a luxury brand, and your packaging should feel luxurious, too.It should be aesthetically pleasing, with a heightened attention to detail, and elements of elegance.
While this means packaging will cost more, it goes a long way to creating the high-end, tactile experience your customers are expecting from you.
5. HAVE A COHESIVE BRAND MESSAGING
Packaging is an incredible branding opportunity for your high-end brand, and you can capitalize on it to communicate its quality, character and exclusivity. Packaging —as any other element of your luxury business, from its identity to creating the luxury experience in online and offline retail spaces— is a direct link to your premium brand.
Ensure that you have consistent brand messaging across all communication channels and at every step of the process.
When your luxury packaging design is aligned with your brand’s story, your products and your target audience, it will create a memorable brand experience.
Want to know more about building a successful luxury brand packaging?
Art Direction | Branding | Packaging | Storytelling
Kleio – the proclaimer who makes us famous – the Greek Muse of History is the inspiration that drives “Limar Perfume Creators and Distributors” to create its new line of niche perfumes.
What was it that drove historic figures like Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart or Napoleon to accomplish feats that would endure through time? It’s something we can certainly answer with two words: divine inspiration. And so, Kleio’s fragrances 1796, Paradise, Poème, Sema and Silencio invite users to experience that divine touch.
Communication: “A touch of divinity.”
Concept: Noland Studio Design: Pau Santa Pau and Selene Cano Imagery & Renderings: Pedro Naya and Erik Lopez Animation: Pedro Naya
Mood is a collection of teas that make you feel the way you want to feel. Through their flavours they put you in the right mood for every moment of the day.
We explored different design avenues to better capture the product features. All of them focused on experimentation and connection of body and mind. What makes a body behave in one way or another? That was the question we tried to solve.
Communication: “Take control of your day. Be good to yourself.”
Moodboard ‘Special moments’
We developed the logo, the entire brand identity and packaging design inspired by how sunlight influences our circadian rythms; how you need to be more alert if you need vitality or in a state of tranquillity for a restful sleep.
For the development of the pattern on the packaging, the client requested that each reference should correspond to a mood. We expressed this through the shapes, icons, and also colour.
Concept: Noland Studio Design: Pau Santa Pau and Selene Cano Imagery & Renderings: Pedro Naya and Erik Lopez Animation: Pedro Naya
Our Client Said
“I've had the pleasure of working with many terrific agencies over my time and I have to say - Noland is one of the very best. The team is phenomenal. If you are looking for a design studio to take your project and ideas to the next level, please reach out to them. I will 100% be working with them and his team in the near future. Thanks again!”
When thinking about creating your luxury beauty brand, every detail is important. Especially now when the skincare beauty market is growing rapidly: yes, the industry may be growing more lucrative, but also more competitive.
If you want to stand out, your cosmetic brand has to offer something unique and extraordinary in every channel.
So, how can you stand out from the crowd in the skincare industry?
The Luxury Skincare and Beauty Industry is Here to Stay
Increased consumer interest in natural ingredients, self-care routines and anti-ageing products are only some of the reasons the skincare industry has gone through a rapid and explosive boom. Social media has also driven the cosmetic industry to the spotlight, thanks to beauty influencers and celebrities sharing their skincare rituals and face masks.
This is great news if you have a cosmetic brand, but also challenging: how do you stand out from the fierce competition?
First: Why Luxury Beauty and Skincare?
Luxury beauty brands are no different from any other luxury brand. If you want to create a strong high-end skincare brand, you need to design it with careful consideration, considering every aspect.
Moisturizer, cream, fragrance — it’s not just about the product in and of itself. It’s about the luxury brand experience. If you want your customers to invest in your premium beauty products and luxury fragrances, you need to deliver on your brand promise.
Your target audience will splurge on your products if they understand what is so exclusive about it.
Luxury brands have stories to tell. Offer them a good story, premium quality products, a flawless design experience and they will trust your brand, and you will have a loyal audience who will follow you everywhere.
6 Key Steps to Stand Out as a Luxury Beauty Brand:
1. CELEBRATION OF TRUE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Who are you as a business, and what are your core values? What do you want to contribute? Where do you come from? Where do you want to be?
What sets your cosmetic products apart from the myriad of creams, serums and toners on the shelf?
Competition is high and you need to think about what makes your brand different. What can you offer your customers that will catch their attention and give them a reason to buy from you?
2. IDENTIFY YOUR COSTUMER
Your beauty products aren’t for everyone. Identify who your target audience is and you will determine the best strategy to use to connect with them.
Imagine the exact person who will want to buy your beauty products: Where do they live and what do they look for in skincare products? Are they an older demographic looking for anti-ageing solutions? Are they a younger segment seeking for organic ingredients?
If you want to tap into the luxury skincare market, you will need to create products that exude quality and prestige.
3. KNOW YOUR COMPETITION
Finding out who your true competitors are is the first step to position your high-end beauty brand successfully. Look for similar-sized brands that sell similar products and target the same audience.
Once identified, reflect on what makes your luxury beauty brand different from them. Are your cosmetics organic? Are your processes more efficient? Are your ingredientes local? Focus on these elements and highlight them in your brand story, visual branding and content creation.
Competition will always be there. But if you position your brand successfully and offer great value to your target audience, your products will stand out and draw your ideal clients directly, choosing your high-end skincare brand over any others.
4. DEFINE YOUR PERSONALITY
Every brand has a personality. You only need to discover the essence of your cosmetic brand and hone in on it. Once you know what makes your luxury beauty brand unique, it will be much easier to find ways to emotionally connect with your target audience.
What are the first words that come to mind when thinking about your brand? Those are your brand attributes, the essence of your skincare company.
5. CREATE AN IMPRESSIVE BRAND DESIGN
Beauty products are everywhere — and they are all battling to win the customer’s attention.
Your visual identity must be recognizable and be a direct visual reflection of your business. When it comes to your high-end skincare brand design, looks matter. Every detail counts, from your logo, color palette and font to the packaging design. A memorable, attractive and relevant visual identity will put your products above the rest.
Most shoppers need to see and learn about your beauty brand multiple times before they make a decision to invest in you with their first purchase. A well-designed visual identity can speed up that process and build trust.
6. PACKAGING SPEAKS VOLUMES
Luxury skincare is all about selling a luxury experience, not just a product — and that means delivering quality and refinement in every step of the purchasing process.
When designing for luxury skincare packaging, the materials must be high quality and pleasing to touch. Think boxes, ribbons, gift paper.How can you create a premium experience that feels like unwrapping a luxurious present?
Packaging design is your opportunity to communicate important information about your beauty brand and its personality.
7. GET THE WORD OUT!
Choose good storytellers to share your luxury skincare brand’s story. Rely on celebrity endorsement and micro-influencers to spread the word and reach your target audience. Beauty editors and influencers can generate a strong and positive word of mouth by outlining how your products work, while seeming more authentic and genuine.
Looking to Take Your Luxury Beauty Brand to the Next Level?
Make sure to follow these 7 infallible steps to create a remarkable luxury skincare brand and attract your ideal clients.
What is it about high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hermès that make us wait for years on end for a new handbag, watch or masterpiece? Why is Rolex more desirable than Swatch, or Armani than Abercrombie?
If you want to create a successful luxury brand like Chanel or Dior, first you need to know what it is about luxury that is so evocative in the first place.
Defining a Luxury Brand
Let’s start with what a luxury brand is. Luxury brands are those that, in their customer’s mind, are associated with a high level of quality, aesthetics, exclusivity and price.
Premium brands don’t cater to needs nor do they offer solutions to problems. They create dreams and offer nonessential goods that are made desirable.
What Makes Luxury Brands Different
Creating a strong luxury brand identity is not only about a fancy logo, an intriguing color palette or an impeccable design. It’s about creating and communicating its symbolic value to a specific segment of customers.
Luxury brands and traditional brands operate on two very different levels. What makes premium brands different is that they connect with their audience on an emotional level, to elicit purchases that escape rational decision-making. Luxury brands don’t seek to be liked by everybody. Instead, they aim to educate in taste, which is why they surprise their customers with products they were not expecting.
The 6 most essential steps for creating a strong, successful luxury brand:
1. CELEBRATION OF TRUE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Whether it’s Bentley hand stitching the interior fabrics of their cars or Gucci’s impeccable crafting knowledge passed down through generations, one key element of luxury brands is that craftsmanship is essential to their story.
Today, true luxury is the combination of the finest quality materials and the highest standards of handcrafting. Luxury brands focus on a higher level of artistry and durability that sets them apart from mainstream brands, following a process that resists automation.
Celebrating the process as well as the product is an important reason why customers accept paying more for luxury goods.
2. A RICH HERITAGE
Heritage taps into powerful emotions such as stability and a sense of belonging. Luxury brands use their heritage story to leverage their perception of exclusivity and finest quality.
There are different ways to tap into heritage: Some high-end brands create a sense of nostalgia for the “good old days” to emphasize on the idea of craftsmanship and artistry. Others, through the stories of their remarkable founders (like Coco Chanel or Salvatore Ferragamo) or revolve around the roots of their national sense of self (like Bulgari, which references Ancient Rome in their logo typeface).
3. OFFER A FLAWLESS BRAND EXPERIENCE
Luxury isn’t just about the product, it’s about the whole experience. Your brand should demonstrate refinement at each point of contact with your customer, from product packaging to the knowledge of your retail sales staff.
Because premium brands rely on a stronger connection with their customers, they need to create and offer a memorable brand experience as part of their brand. VIP events, access to limited editions or invitation-only pre-launches… make sure you design for exclusive experiences that elicit respect, attention and appeal.
4. THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF EXCLUSIVITY AND RARITY
A perception of exclusivity is one of the most important elements that helps a brand possess symbolic value.
High-end brands know this very well; which is why they ration their goods and produce limited editions that customers are willing to wait years for. Strive to create exclusivity through premium quality, high prices, low supply and geographical limitations.
Scarcity and exclusivity are some of the most powerful marketing tools available, and can be used wisely and strategically when creating a luxury brand.
5. A GOOD STORY THAT BECOMES A LEGEND
Luxury brands have stories to tell. Think of the Tiffany box, famous for generating excitement worldwide. These are the emotional connections that high-end brands seek to engage in with their customers, and they do so through storytelling by reflecting their dreams, aspirations and needs to be seen and recognised.
The heightened identity luxury brands are known for captures all of its elements: its promise, its unique personality, its premium products and its impeccable brand experience.
6. EDORSEMENT BY PUBLIC FIGURES
Public figures help high-end brands with their brand positioning, drawing attention, credibility and intrigue. Sometimes it’s the very founders who play an important role in communicating their brands through their personalities, like Donatella Versace or Vivienne Westwood. Other luxury brands select specific public figures, ranging from film stars (Charlize Theron for Dior), to designers, athletes (Roger Federer for Rolex) and musicians (Harry Styles for Gucci) to represent their values and create mystique.
Creating a successful premium brand in the current modern landscape may seem daunting. At Noland, we help luxury brands become the best in their class.